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How To Join

Thank you for your interest in joining

There are actually two ways you can join:
  1. You can become a shareholder in the cooperative by purchasing share of stock in ABookCoOp, Inc. for a one-lump payment of $500 or on a payment plan of $50 per month for ten consecutive months. Shareholders are the sole owners of the site and elect the managing Board of Directors from amongst themselves. At the present time shareholders pay the same monthly listing fee paid by all listers.

  2. You may participate as a non-owner listing dealer by paying monthly listing fees ONLY. These fees are based on the actual number of active item listings you have in the billed month. These fees are currently the same for owners and non-owners.

  3. 1 - 500
    $25.00 USD
    501 - 4,000
    $35.00 USD
    4,001 - 10,000
    $40.00 USD
    10,001 - 25,000
    $45.00 USD
    25,001 - 50,000
    $60.00 USD
    50,001 - 75,000
    $75.00 USD
    75,001 - 100,000
    $90.00 USD

    Each 25k thereafter increment payment $15 USD.
What else is required?

Upon applying, your application including your terms of service will be reviewed by the board of directors of Dealers whose terms appear to be in conflict with the Code of Ethics will be contacted for further information on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants are required to read and agree to the ABookCoOp, Inc. Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics covers commonsense requirements that go toward assuring our customers that they can buy from any of our dealers without worry. You will be asked to agree to the following:
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed. All applicants are required to show that they have a fair return policy including full compensation for misdescribed material.

  • Shipping Insurance. If you charge a fee for insurance, this should be made optional, only at the discretion of the customer, and only with their prior approval.

  • Credit Card Acceptance. You agree to accept shopping cart orders including payment by Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Note: You will have the choice on each order of processing the card yourself (preferred) or having TomFolio process it for you.

  • Other requirements. All applicants will be required to sign the Application Agreement. Applicants for Ownership will also be required to sign disclosure and non-disclosure agreements.
What database software can upload? can accept any file in standard UIEE or tab or tilde-delimited format. We have members who will answer questions about uploading from various programs. Our site administrator will help with any problems that members can't answer. MAC and PC files are both accepted. Uploads can be made via ftp (preferred) using Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you would like more information about tab or tilde-delimited file data-field requirements, click here.

Note: Books, Periodicals, Ephemera and some media can be added to our database using an upload file that you send to us. For our Antiques, Collectibles and Other Items section, your items are added to our database one-item-at-a-time with an easy to use tool in our Member Inventory Manager section.

What other features does offer?
  • Credit Card Service:  We provide a credit card system that allows you to accept major credit card payments, even if you do not carry a credit card merchant account of your own. There is a fee for this use to cover discounts and accounting charges (currently 8% with a minimum fee of $.40 and a maximun of $30). Use of this system is optional. You're welcome to use your own credit card merchant account if you wish.

  • Images: supports an image URL that you include on your database, or images hosted on our ftp server.

  • Category System:  Our Category system is a unique browse feature. Dealers use it by entering subcategory terms in their listings. Our members or our site administrator will help you in designating the field you use for this optional feature depending upon the software you are using. You must inform the site administrator as to which field you are designating for subcategories.

  • Dealer Page:  You will be given a dealer page once you have entered your information on the site. You can then use our easy Category Management tool to add categories and subcategories to your dealer page. This allows you to feature your specialties and outstanding merchandise. You can also quickly create a catalog on-line for a customer requesting material on a certain topic.

  • Personal Website with Your Own Domain Name: In addition to your automatically-generated dealer page you can opt for your very own website. The only difference between the two is that your personal site has no clickable links to other TomFolio pages. Your personal site shows everything you have set up on your dealer page (categories, specialties, logo, etc) and includes use of the TomFolio shopping cart and credit card system. There are several design templates and color choices available.

  • Featured Material:  The Category system also allows us to spotlight material that gets lost on ordinary sites. features not only books of all kinds, but also Ephemera, Magazines, Periodicals, Photographs, and other related material. We expect to draw from a broader range of the collecting community, institutions and archives, libraries, and researchers than ordinary book sites.

  • Our Code of Ethics, which all members are required to agree to and sign, assures high quality business standards and customer service from all of our member dealers.
We look forward to having you join us!

Upon joining, you will find yourself in the company of a friendly, helpful group of colleagues dedicated to the survival of the on-line Independent Bookseller.

For more information on purchasing a share of cooperative stock click here.

For more information on becoming a listing member only click here.

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